Deploying fiber optic cables can be daunting to some. Just uttering the words “fiber optic” makes some people nervous. No need for that, if you are going to install fiber optic cables you need to stick to a few basic ground rules and you will be fine!
Simple Rule for Installing Fiber Optic Cables
Avoid end face contamination.
The tip of the fiber connector, where the fiber optic glass actually protrudes from the connector, is the most common area for damage to occur. Leave the protective caps on until you are ready to plug into the equipment. But wait! Before you plug in, inspect the end face, clean and repeat if necessary!
Don’t bend or kink fiber cables.
The fiber optic glass underneath the jacket performs best when it is running straight. In reality, the cables need to bend in many different directions in order to go from source to destination. There is a term called “bend radius” and each brand of fiber optic cables will probably have a different measurement to follow. Luckily, there is an easy rule of thumb within the industry.
Don’t pull too hard on the cable!
If the cable is too short, don’t try and stretch it! It may seem pretty obvious, but pulling will probably lead to a break in the fiber optic cable or possibly connector.
Don’t mix and match core sizes.
Most fiber optic cables have color coded jackets to make it easy to avoid this problem.
Do not pinch the fiber.
Pinching the fiber optic cable can squeeze the glass and ruin performance. Don’t use zip-ties, use Velcro!
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